LED R&D Projects

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DOE-funded LED R&D projects tackle the science and technology challenges that stand in the way of achieving SSL Program targets for LED efficacy, performance, and cost. All project selections align with the priorities and targets detailed in the R&D Opportunities, updated annually with industry input.

Learn more about Lighting R&D Challenges, as well as DOE SSL Program Impacts and Research Highlights. Find details about the current LED R&D projects below.

Adaptive Lighting for Streets and Residential Areas
Lead Performer: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Blacksburg, VA
Additively Manufactured Solid-State Luminaire
Lead Performer: Eaton Corporation – Menomonee Falls, WI
AlInP Based LEDs for Efficient Red and Amber Emission
Lead Performer: National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, CO
Antireflective Materials for High-Efficiency Lighting
Lead Performer: Glint Photonics Inc. – Burlingame, CA
Characterization of Connected Lighting Systems Potential to Provide Grid Services
Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA
Closing the Green Gap in GaN-Based LEDs Using Ternary Nitride Semiconductors
Lead Performer: National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, CO
Efficient Green and Yellow LEDs for Solid-State Lighting
Lead Performer: Lumileds, LLC – San Jose, CA
Flexible Low-Cost Platform for Beam Pattern Optimization
Lead Performer: Glint Photonics – Burlingame, CA
High Efficiency InGaN LEDs Emitting in Green, Amber and Beyond
Lead Performer: The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
High-Luminance LED Platform for Improved Efficacy in Directional Lighting
Lead Performer: Lumileds, LLC – Santa Clara, CA
High-Performance Green LEDs for Solid-State Lighting
Lead Performer: University of California, Santa Barbara
Integrated Daylighting, Electric Lighting, and Controls Research
Lead Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA
Microprinting Waveguides for Ultra-Thin and Flexible LED Lighting Panels
Lead Performer: SVV Technology Innovations (Lucent Optics) – Sacramento, CA
Novel Materials for Flexible Solid-State Lighting
Lead Performer: InnoSys Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
Robust Phosphor Encapsulation for Wafer Scale Packaging of LEDs
Lead Performer: Fluency Lighting Technologies – Santa Barbara, CA
Tunneling-Enabled High-Efficiency High-Power Multi Junction LEDs
Lead Performer: Sandia National Laboratory – Albuquerque, NM